Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Master #Sommelier Emily Wines

9/28 Master Sommelier Emily Wines


KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: less than 30 mins 2 talk w/ Master #Sommelier Emily Wines @eWino, GM @skipstonewine abt wine on #SommChat 2day @ 12N ET !

Emily Wines @eWino: Excited enough for #SommChat to take a break from harvest! @KeeperColl @skipstonewine

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear abt #wine w/ Master #Sommelier Emily Wines @eWino, GM @skipstonewine !

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: We’d like 2 introduce you to #SommChat w/ Master #Sommelier Emily Wines @eWino, GM @skipstonewine #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Emily Wines @eWino 2 say hello & so she knows UR here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Don’t forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: As we ask Master #Sommelier Emily Wines @eWino our Qs, you can ask her Ur Qs as well! She’ll do her best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: W/so many participants gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @eWino 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Let’s start talking #Wine with Master #Sommelier Emily Wines @eWino, GM @skipstonewine #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @skipstonewine Hi sommeliers! I'm so excited to talk to you today #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino Who/what first influenced you to enter the #wine industry? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl My love for wine and my inability to afford it!


Douglas Trapasso @demilove: @KeeperColl - Hello from chilly Chicago! @eWino - you may not remember, but I interviewed you several years ago for my blog! - #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @demilove @KeeperColl I remember! Nice to hear from you. Love your blog :) #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - heard U got the @Krug cup in MS program - can U tell us what that honor is and were U surprised @eWino ?

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @Krug Amazing honor! Passed MS exam on 1st attempt. Sooo surprised. #studyhard #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - was there a prize for @Krug cup - how amazing to pass MS on 1st attempt @eWino - congrats

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: what are some value #Champagnes that you like right now @eWino - holidays are almost here so need to prepare:)

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl not a lot of values left these days... but still love Pierre Peters. Consistently priced. #housechampagne #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso @demilove: @KeeperColl - What should I look for in my first restaurant job; need to moonlight before trying #Certified again - #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @demilove @KeeperColl look for a place doing full wine service, i.e., close to the standards of the exam. Big lists will help too! #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso @demilove: @KeeperColl - And if you have time, turn Q around - what would make good impression if I interviewed w/you? - #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: Q. @eWino What are some lesser known wine regions that interest you, foreign or domestic? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @winecompass I am seriously into Sicily these days. Also digging some of the Michigan Rieslings #SommChat

Drew Gourdie @drewbie_g: Literally never thought I'd see the sentence "I'm digging those Michigan Rieslings"... cool! Any in particular to look for? #SommChat…

Emily Wines @eWino: @drewbie_g @CGTWines and Lads Winery are some favorites! #SommChat

Drew Gourdie @drewbie_g: Thanks @eWino ! #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: Nero d'Avola seems to be gaining traction. Any other Sicilian grape varieties you recommend? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @winecompass yes! Nerello Mascalese is hot. Also dry Zibbibo. That's my jam #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: I’ve had @CGTWines Riesling. Whom else am I missing? #miwine #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @winecompass @CGTWines That is my fav! Also love Lads Winery #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino How many years have you been working in the #wine industry and where/what was your 1st job? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl been in the wine industry for 20 years. Since I was 12 ;) #SommChat #don’tGuessMyAge

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl first job was at the Gap. First somm job was Fifth Floor Restaurant #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: great to see @winecompass @demilove at #SommChat keep your questions coming for @eWino

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - tell us about your Job @skipstonewine and do you see this type of job growing 4 #Somms in the future @eWino

Drew Gourdie @drewbie_g: Probably asked a million times, did you feel compelled to pursue a career in the industry, based on your name?? @eWino @KeeperColl #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @drewbie_g @KeeperColl I don't :) But the name is convenient, that is for sure. You can't forget it... #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: thanks for the #SommChat humor @drewbie_g

Miranda Waldron @mirandawaldronc: @KeeperColl @eWino What advice do you have for someone looking to enter the wine industry? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @mirandawaldronc Do what you love! Somm: work in restaurant. Winery: work in a winery. Make connections. It is a friendly biz #SommChat

Kaki Miller @kaki_miller: Hi @eWino ! I saw @skipstonewine is harvesting today! What is your favorite part of the wine making process? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @kaki_miller @skipstonewine I love watching the evolution of the entire wine- from growing to release and beyond. Wine is alive! #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @kaki_miller @skipstonewine It is amazing how it changes every day…#SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino Where did you work before @skipstonewine and how did you hear about the job you have now? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl I was Director of Bev for @Kimpton before. I bought first vintage of @skipstonewine in 09 and always kept in touch #SommChat

Drew Gourdie @drewbie_g: A Master Somm with an awesome name & great timeline -- all wine lovers should be Following @eWino! cc: @KeeperColl #SommChat #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@eWino What makes @skipstonewine unique? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @skipstonewine never sacrifices quality. Sustainability and great wine steer all decisions #SommChat

Kaki Miller @kaki_miller: .@eWino As a newer, wannabe #wine enthusiast, what are some good go-to #wines to order when out to dinner? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino

@kaki_miller Pinot Noir is always a safe bet for pairing ease, but ask the sommelier! They will gladly show you something cool #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - how have you kept up with #wine studies ie theory after passing the MS exam @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl teaching and exam writing keep me current! Never as intense as studying for the exam however #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - any recs for excellent @MasterSommUS study practices to excel on exams @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @MasterSommUS find memorizing techniques. Memory Palace, acronyms, maps.... also texting questions to study buddies. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino What #grape varieties are grown @skipstonewine? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @skipstonewine grows CCOF certified organic Cabernet Sauvignon + Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Viognier #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - how is harvest going @skipstonewine any surprises and have U actually been able to participate and if so how @eWino ?

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @skipstonewine harvest is going well! shocked by how massive the clusters are. yields are big. I take pictures only. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep - has @skipstonewine been Organic since inception & what were main reasons to be organic @eWino ?

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @skipstonewine cares about keeping this land healthy forever. We are isolated and have been organic from the start #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@eWino When and why did you decide to pursue the @MasterSommUS certification? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @MasterSommUS When the #Somm biz called I knew the MS exam had to be part of it for me. I passed in 2008 #SommChat

Miranda Waldron @mirandawaldronc: @KeeperColl @eWino How have you seen the wine industry change since you started working in it? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @mirandawaldronc @KeeperColl hard to say, but cocktail culture has been a blessing and a curse... more women def a blessing! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - GM job, how much time is travel and sales and how much managing #s? did U have to learn #s R was that natural @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl lots of travel- about 40%. #s learned at @Kimpton. I can never tell somms enough how important understanding #s are! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino How did you prepare for the @MasterSommUS exam? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @MasterSommUS study, drink, study, work the floor, study. repeat #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat shy peep: what are the most difficult aspects of your job @skipstonewine & did U chg anything after taking job @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @skipstonewine hard learning winery marketing and thinking perspective but fun. Big changes! Not a buyer anymore... #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @skipstonewine Also- wineries run on margin not cost... very different way to think #s! #winechat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino What are some #wine regions you dream about visiting in the future? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl I still have Jerez on my bucket list! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - as you travel around US what R major diffs you see in US areas re #wine consumptiion @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl big cities=more adventurous palates. Texas drinks Cab even in 100 degree weather. South talks dry drinks sweet. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@eWino tell us abt the #winemaking philosophy at @skipstonewine #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl we never sacrifice quality for quantity; make wine that expresses our land @skipstonewine #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: are there any specific accounting classes that a future wannabe #Somm should take to assist @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl find a GM or biz owner to mentor! learn how to read P&L. Learn how to use excel. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: .@eWino what makes @skipstonewine unique? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @skipstonewine a 28 acre amphitheater of precision farmed organic grapes grown at altitude=awesome. #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @skipstonewine is made by @AtelierMelka and has all the elegance and finesse that is typical his style! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - can U share what #wine books r ur fav 4 studies & did you travel to #wine regions when U were studying for MS @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl travel helps so much. Books: Southeby's, Wine Atlas, Wine Encyclopedia. Now @guildsomm is your best study guide #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino what advice can U give to females entering the #wine industry today? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl Women: never be convinced that this is a boys club. Make room at the table #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - can U describe the diff bw the scene in #SF and #Napa #wine worlds if any @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl We are in Sonoma... but SF is more broad in wine lists. Napa tends to be heavy on, well, Napa! #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl overall more $$ restaurants in Napa. Amazing values in Sonoma. Sonoma is also more broadly farming focused #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino What are some of the biggest challenges in the #wine industry you’ve faced since you started out? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl Recessions are not good for wine sales at any level #SommChat

Kaki Miller @kaki_miller: .@eWino If you were given a full, free of expense trip to go anywhere in the world to explore and taste wine, where would you go? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @kaki_miller I would do a loop between Jerez, Porto and Madeira! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino Do you have any tips for our #SommChat peeps on developing a well-rounded palate? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl being a good taster is like being good at a foreign language. You have to practice. #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl keep an open mind! There are great wines in every category. Including the category you don’t personally drink #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - what R some of the nicest surprises you have experienced in #wine world @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl travel: seeing the world through the lens of the local wine is magical. Hospitality not something you can buy #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat Peep: any plans 4 new things @skipstonewine in the near future @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @skipstonewine Lots! Building a winery, more immersive education experiences and, gasp, importing a champagne! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino What #wine and #food pairings have you enjoyed recently? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl Fried Chicken and Champagne. Every time. #SommChat #truth

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl last week: Assyrtiko with grilled octopus blew my mind and took me right to Santorini #SommChat

Miranda Waldron @mirandawaldronc: @eWino @KeeperColl What are some ways, if any, you think being a woman has impacted your experience in the wine industry? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @mirandawaldronc @KeeperColl I think sometimes I am still a novelty to consumers, which I find surprising.


KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - do U C #California market 4 hiring #Somms as saturated R do you see opps & what is best way to connect in mkt @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl market is saturated but there is always room for great people! #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl reach out to others in the market. This biz is all about relationships #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @eWino What do you enjoy drinking other than #wine? #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl I can never turn down a good Negroni #SommChat @NegroniBand

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - what R some training techniques that U use - I have new team to train & would luv UR input @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl keep it fun!! don't drone on. make it interactive. build a wine culture from the start. Maps, pictures and stories. #SommChat

Sandy Wasserman CS @SandyWasserman: Lost tarck of time...Q @eWino How did you get your start in wine biz & who are your mentors? Thanks #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino: @SandyWasserman working rest. in collage made me rethink my career options. @rajatparr made me his asst. and I never looked back #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: #SommChat was wondering what happened @SandyWasserman :)

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: q fr shy #SommChat peep: recs for good white and red under $40 retail @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl stick with offbeat regions. Amazing values in Spain and So. Italy! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - when you were @Kimpton did you work with BOH Chefs & do U have any suggestions for garnering that trust @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @Kimpton love working with chefs! learn their methods: learn their sauces. Get their input on pairings. bring em beer. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - have U ever mentored someone working on their @MasterSommUS & if so what did U focus on 4 them @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl @MasterSommUS I mentor I teach them to be a great sommelier, not great at passing an exam. The 1st leads to the 2nd. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - do u still think there is room for more MS peeps or oversaturated & what R best opps today 4 work @eWino

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl always more room. It is not a guarantee of career advancement either but it does help open field #SommChat

Emily Wines @eWino

@KeeperColl the MS title is a professional certification, like a degree. Never looses value #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking #Wine w/ Master #Sommelier Emily Wines @eWino, GM @skipstonewine #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Great to have Emily Wines @eWino join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking Emily Wines @eWino for her time on #SommChat

Kaki Miller @kaki_miller: Thanks so much for answering all my questions @eWino! Enjoyed seeing you on #SommChat this week!

Emily Wines @eWino: @KeeperColl It was so great to be here! I loved your questions #SommChat

Rodney Strong @rsvineyards: Our Director of Education, @SommRachel calls this the perfect wine for a newby! Cheers! #SommChat